Tis the season to shake off the winter blues and getaway for some warm sun and sandy fun.
In fact, according to leading travel industry publication Travel Pulse, travelers now have more choices than ever before across the Caribbean, Central and South America and Europe. After several years of slowed development, the Caribbean is making a comeback, and though long construction times are still the norm, there are plenty of sparkling-new retreats ready to be discovered on your next island vacation. With new resorts opening at record pace, finding the perfect warm weather getaway is easier than ever before.
If you're hitting the beach this spring, don't leave home without these must-have travel essentials.
Hyperreal Florals Dominate Resort Wear
We continue to see designers reinventing this charming perennial pattern. From cheery floral patterns to bold, bright blooms, we're seeing floral dresses dominate resort lines this spring. It's definitely the seasonal fashion trend in 2015.
Printed Silk Dress credit Styloko.com
During Milan fashion week, designers debuted acid florals in the hottest, most exotic hues. Blown-up flowers were spotted on lustrous jacquards at Marni, while Karl Lagerfeld paired orchid buds with buttery leather separates at Fendi.
While a pretty floral dress has always been a perfect outfit for an island getaway, this year designers are going bold in new ways with traditional floral patterns in one of summer's hottest trends.
Comfort is Top Priority as Exercise Gear Transitions to Travel Gear
Comfortable, breathable clothing is no longer limited to the yoga studio. Brands like PrAna combine form and function, resulting in perfect travel gear. PrAna's apparel and accessories are made using fewer toxins and chemicals, and many are created with Fair Trade Certified to ensure fair wages, high working standards, and investment into community development.
The popular prAna Skye Dress in a maxi length with empire waist and halter back, is a perfect travel dress to take you from 30,000 feet right to the beach. The versatile prAna Cali Dress, complete with on-trend floral prints, a scoop neck, an empire seam, and a dropped hem is perfect for the beach as well.
PrAna Skye Dress credit PrAna.com
Be sure to accessorize with a sublime prAna Daisy scarf, available in soft spring colors and lightweight material so it can be used as a sarong or beach cover up.
Don't Forget the Comfy Shoes
Whether traversing airports, exploring new cities or enjoying long walks on the beach, you want to be comfortable. While strappy sandals and hot heels will work for dinner, during the day opt for something more comfortable.
These beautiful Balboa sandals by ABEO, offered in a range of colors, combine comfort and style. The self-proclaimed "future of footwear," ABEO footwear offers a range of options all focused on joint health and supreme comfort.
ABEO Balboa Sandal credit abeofootwear.com
The brainchild of an avid traveler, ABEO B.I.O systems sandals were conceived by company founder Andrew Feshbach, The Walking Company, after uncomfortable shoes nearly ruined his vacation in Turkey, which included long days walking around Greek and Roman ruins. Today, ABEO is one of the world's fastest-growing footwear brands, promising better overall health and wellness and perhaps the perfect shoe for travel.
Keen's are also a long-time favorite for many travellers. We are intrigued by the brand's new Uneek Sandals, which are created from just two cords and a sole to compliment the natural shape of your foot. Best of all they are made for both men and women.
Keen Uneek Sandals credit Keenfootwear.com
With plenty of options, it won't be difficult to pack a carry on and hit the beach in comfort and style this year! Just don't forget the sunscreen.
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